Talks Programme 2020-2021

While restrictions remain due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are providing a programme of talks for members only via Zoom

 Thursday 15th October 2020

What did the Vikings do for us?

Derek Taylor, historian and former international TV reporter

This fully illustrated talk challenges the idea that the warriors who invaded these islands over 1200 years ago, should be remembered only for raping and pillaging. They were explorers, farmers and – early feminists! Derek spotlights how they are still a part of our own lives in Britain.

 Thursday 19th November 2020

Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth
& the Kenilworth Entertainment of 1575

Gillian White

For three weeks in the summer of 1575 Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, entertained Queen Elizabeth I at Kenilworth, his magnificent castle in Warwickshire. The entertainments were some of the most elaborate ever offered to a monarch, with gods, goddesses, Arthurian characters, mermaids, giant dolphins, singers and acrobats all pressed into action. But many people also believed it was a last attempt by the Earl to persuade Elizabeth to marry him. The talk tells the story of the romance, the Kenilworth entertainment and its aftermath.

 Thursday 3rd December 2020

A Merry (Virtual) Christmas Social  & Entertainment

You are invited to join us to raise a glass (your own, of course) and munch a mince pie (likewise) and share in a little light entertainment (you get the drift…).  If you have a party piece you are willing to contribute to the fun then please get in touch beforehand so that we can plan the programme – readings, poems, songs, music, dramatic monologues, comedy sketches, or magic tricks – whatever you like, although a Campden and/or Christmas theme is obviously preferred.  If no-one offers anything, then you’ll get a Quiz!!!

 Thursday 21st January 2021

The History and Mystery of Campden Town Hall

Judith Ellis, CCHS

 Thursday 18th February 2021

On the way: Roads and Tracks through Chipping Campden, 1350-1850

David Ella, local historian

 Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Gabbs – a family of bakers

David Gabb

 Thursday 18th March 2021


Tuesday 23rd March 2021

Children of Scandal: the illegitimate children of the Duchess of Devonshire

Emma de Fries

 Thursday 15th April 2021

CCHS Annual General Meeting  followed by:

The Rollright Stones, their Archaeology, History and Folklore

George Lambrick, Chairman, The Rollright Trust

 Tuesday 27th April 2021

The Story of Calf Lane – or Calves Lane?

Rob Grove

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